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The Adventure of the Great Departure

Ryūnosuke Naruhodō
T... The.. The acting attorney for the accused. F-For this trial, is... M-m-me. Ryūnosuke Naruhodō!

Episode 1: The Adventure of the Great Departure is the first episode of the game Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Naruhodō Ryūnosuke no Bōken and follows Ryūnosuke Naruhodō's first appearance in court. In his first trial, Ryūnosuke is tried for the murder of a British professor, Doctor John H. Watson, despite having no knowledge of law. Ryūnosuke Naruhodō, Kazuma Asōgi, Taketsuchi Auchi, Satoru Hosonaga, Yūjin Mikotoba, Susato Mikotoba, Sanmon Sonohigurashi, Taizou Uzukumaru, and Jezail Brett all make their debuts in this episode.

Out of all tutorial episodes in the Ace Attorney games, The Adventure of the Great Departure is the longest of all the games, consisting of three trial segments.


Decades after the historic opening of the Japanese Empire to the world, under the grand declaration of a cultural revolution, Western culture rushed into this far east island nation. Suffocating under this booming energy of "change" and "revolution", citizens of the Imperial Capital are being swallowed whole by the whirlpool of changing times. ...And now. The curtain rises over the stage, from one such story of the era.

A British man's body slumped over in his chair.

In the 19th century, the Meiji period in Japan has begun. It is a time of revolution where the Western countries come to see it change. However, in the western themed restaurant, La Quantos, a gunshot rang through the establishment. All of the patrons looked to see a body of a deceased English gentleman. As the authorities arrive, a young Japanese man is found holding a gun and was standing in front of the victim. He looks like Phoenix Wright, but yet he's not Phoenix Wright.

Ryūnosuke's Trial

Before the Trial

8:43 AM

Three days after the murder, the suspect, Ryuunosuke Naruhodō, ancestor of Phoenix Wright, is waiting for his trial to begin. A bailiff called him a murderer but his friend and defense attorney, Kazuma Asōgi, told the bailiff that the verdict has yet to pass, so calling Naruhodō guilty is wrong even if he was a bailiff. Asōgi brought up that the incident has published in the newspaper and asked Naruhodō if he did it. Naruhodō said that he would never commit something like murder. Asōgi then told Naruhodō to keep his chin up and that he has faith in him.

Asōgi's going on a trip.

Naruhodō then thinks back to just before the incident had just occurred. He was congratulating Asōgi on receiving news that Asōgi's overseas studies were confirmed. He wants to go overseas to the Great British Empire to change the judicial system of Japan. Asōgi offers Naruhodō to accompany him on his trip, but Naruhodō is unsure so Asōgi offers to ask another time. Naruhodō decides to stay and finish his coffee while Asōgi leaves.

Naruhodō then snaps back to the present as someone calls for Asōgi. The person was Yūjin Mikotoba and accompanying him was his daughter, Susato. Yūjin tells Asōgi to go see the judge in his chambers, since Asōgi sent an application for a change of the defense attorney fairly recently, that it caused some disarray. Susato accompanies Asōgi to the judge's chambers. As the two left, Yūjin tells Naruhodō that while Asōgi's overseas studies are confirmed, if he loses today's trial, the program will be suspended and Asōgi will never get another chance. Naruhodō is shocked and asks how this decision came to be. Yūjin says that the Japanese Empire selected Asōgi from a large amount of candidates to study abroad. Naruhodō states that he is not guilty, but Yūjin says that with the evidence mounted against him and given the fact that today's trial is unique, it would be very difficult. Naruhodō asks what he can do so Yūjin tells to him that after the judge asks a question towards the defense, Naruhodō must say "I am" before anyone else.

The bailiff then says that the trial is about to begin and they must head towards the courtroom. Yūjin say that Asōgi should not stand as defense, but Naruhodō is the one that ultimately decides. As the bailiff calls for the defendant, Naruhodō is thinking about the situation. If his is found guilty, Asōgi will lose his chance to study abroad. As Naruhodō enters the courtroom, he is joined by Asōgi.


9:00 AM

The audience is filled a lot of important government officials, the trial is conducted under absolute secrecy due to the recent signing of the Japanese-Anglo Alliance treaty between Japan and the Great British Empire. As the trial starts, the judge asks who is standing for the defendant, Naruhodō realizes that this is the question Yūjin was talking about. He notices that if he replies with "I am" he would have to defend himself, but Naruhodō goes through with it because he doesn't want to ruin Asōgi's dream. Everyone is shocked and Asōgi asks what is Naruhodō is trying to do. Naruhodō explains that he heard from Yūjin about what would happen if Asōgi were to lose this trial. The prosecution, Taketsuchi Auchi, comments on how the defendant's attorney is abandoning him, but Asōgi exclaims that the one who knew of the defendant's innocence was the defendant himself.

The judge beings to see if Naruhodō is fit to do the job by asking some questions about the incident. The victim's name is John H. Watson, since he was British the Japanese government is looking to put the blame on someone, it's being considered a hate crime. Naruhodō is the prime suspect due to him being at the scene of the crime and was holding a gun. Naruhodō thought back to just after Asōgi left on the day of the incident, he noticed the victim at the restaurant and went up to him to say hello.

Naruhodō snaps back to the trial and is asked to present what was the cause of death. The autopsy report states that the cause of death was blood loss from the gunshot wound. Auchi also presents a photograph of the body and submits it as evidence.

"The First Witness"

The first witness is called to the stand. His name is Satoru Hosonaga and he is a waiter at the restaurant. In his testimony, the victim was spending time at the restaurant a little after 2 PM. After the victim finished eating, three groups of people came. Hosonaga was cleaning utensils in the kitchen when he heard the gunshot. He then came out of the kitchen to see the victim dead and the defendant with a firearm in his hand. No one else stood close to the victim and the defendant.

Who is that woman?

Naruhodō then remembers a woman sitting at the same table as the victim on the day of the incident. So Naruhodō objects and states it to the court but was dismissed due to him being the accused. The waiter presents a card with the seating arrangements at the time with where the victim was marked on it. The card was handed over as evidence but a nervous Hosonaga begs them not to look at the other side.

The judge and prosecution offer that if Naruhodō pleads guilty, his sentence will be reduced slightly. Naruhodō asks Asōgi if he should plead guilty but Asōgi says that he has faith in him and doubts he willing to betray it. Then he hits the desk with a karate chop and states that the defense is here to prove the defendant's innocence and that the trial should continue. Naruhodō tries to hit the desk as well but only manages a weak slap.

"The Next Witnesses"

Is this Watson's gun?

The next two witnesses are Taizou Uzukumaru, a soldier of the Japanese army, and Sanmon Sonohigurashi, an antique dealer who owns a shop. They were both present at the restaurant and the crime occurred while they were talking. Uzukumaru saw the accused fire the gun killing the victim and then Sonohigurashi fell to the floor. Naruhodō tells Asōgi that he actually went back to his table to finish his coffee after greeting the victim. When he started to leave, he noticed an English-made pistol next to him. He thought it belonged to him so he picked it up but suddenly heard the gunshot.

Asōgi then tells Naruhodō to request a cross-examination and he did before the prosecution was about to have the trial conclude. Auchi was about to deny it when Asōgi comes in and says that the defense has a right. As the cross examination begins, Naruhodō notices a contradiction. He tries to point it out by presenting the photo of the crime scene, but gets tongue tied. So Asōgi then hits the desk and tells the court that the photo shows the victim shot in the chest, yet Uzukumaru said he was shot in the back. Moreover, the autopsy report says the bullet didn't go entirely through him. Uzukumaru then admits that he was actually looking at his beefsteak so he didn't witness the crime when the gun was shot. Sonohigurashi, at the time, was looking under the table for a lost and valuable Hōei era Koban coin he was going to sell. Due to those statements, Asōgi states that the testimony is inconclusive. They continue with the trial and it is revealed that Taizou brought along his son, Kuroumaru.

The two witnesses say that not seeing it doesn't change anything because there was no one else. Naruhodō exclaims that there was someone else there again, but Auchi presents a photo that shows that the table was set for one. Naruhodō was about to give up when Asōgi tells him to keep his head high. During a pressing, Auchi presents a medical report found in the breast pocket of the victim. It states that the victim just had a tooth pulled from the Hotta Clinic and was told not to eat any food for the next three hours. There was a semi-eaten beefsteak on Watson's table, proving that there was indeed someone else with the victim.

As the defense continue to press, Sonohigurashi let slip that they were ordered to testify that there was no lady at the scene. It appears that someone scared them into silence. Naruhodō believes that it was the waiter and the card the waiter presented says that Satoru Hosonaga is actually a detective. As they were about to confirm if Hosonaga ordered them to keep silent. He explained that he was working undercover at the restaurant due to a string of incidents that occurred at the restaurant. Hosonaga avoided saying that the woman was there due to orders at the police headquarters saying to release the British woman there. The reason why was because they wanted to keep a good relationship with the Great British Empire. Asōgi remembers that there was a female exchange student from Great Britain and was under the victim's research facility in the medical block. Hosonaga confirms this and the judge sends the inspector to get the female exchange student.


11:38 AM

A break was taken, Kazuma Asōgi comments on how Ryūnosuke Naruhodō can still find contradictions despite being very nervous. Asōgi suggests maybe Naruhodō is suited to be an attorney. Naruhodō brushes it off, claiming he doesn't want frightful thoughts. Asōgi asks if Naruhodō noticed anything about the lady but he replies no. Yūjin Mikotoba then comes up to congratulate the two on how well they work together. Asōgi then talks to Yūjin on how he thinks that this was a set up. Yūjin didn't want Asōgi's studies to be suspended so he intervened. Asōgi feels pathetic because he can't save his best friend so he resigns from the trip if Naruhodō is found guilty. Then Yūjin reveals that the man who offered the position of professor to the victim was him. Yūjin tells the two that since the person is part of the Great British Empire, it would be very difficult. As the break was about to end, Naruhodō thanks Asōgi for putting faith in him. Asōgi says he did it as a man, attorney, and friend.

"The Phantom Woman"

12:09 PM

As the trial starts up again, Taketsuchi Auchi comments on how might their ties with Great Britain could worsen by this trial. Asōgi and Naruhodō comment on how justice is put behind in favor of politics and good ties. The trial commences and the exchange student, Jezail Brett, arrives. However, she can only speak English in a strong accent, so Hosonaga acts as a translator. She was there at the scene of the crime and was having a late lunch with the victim, she ordered a beefsteak for herself. Then Naruhodō came over and it evolved into a dispute. He pulled out a gun and shot the victim. Naruhodō exclaims he didn't do it, Asōgi says that he hasn't learned anything. Brett is wearing the same clothes as she wore at the day of the incident and there is no way for her to conceal a hand gun.

The defense cross-examines Brett, they find out that the victim had carbonated water. Naruhodō points out that the photo depicting the table has only one wine glass. Auchi believes that the missing wine glass is trivial, but Asōgi exclaims that the police probably disposed the wine glass to cover the woman's tracks. Hosonaga then says he did nothing of the sort. Brett explains she hide the second wine glass in her handbag because she was in shock. Naruhodo then realizes that a handgun could have been hidden in the handbag. Asōgi then says that there must be a second gun at the time of the incident. Naruhodō asks the detective if he inspected the handbag. He did not so, but took a picture of Brett's handbag. It has an open side and the only thing visible was the wine glass which was handed over as evidence.

Where'd that bull come from?

The judge was about to hand down his verdict when Naruhodō interrupts, saying that they need to inspect the photo. They inspect the photo to find that the victim has a bull-shaped scar on his hand. It was left out due it being deemed not the cause of death. Naruhodō points out that the burn mark is an exact replica of the bull insignia on the iron plate that the beefsteak was on. Auchi tries to dismiss it, but Asōgi exclaims that a burn would had not slip by the restaurant due to public concern. Also, Satoru Hosonaga states that a burn like that would of had caused intense pain, but has not heard any loud scream. Naruhodō agrees that he heard no screams, so that must mean he got it after he died!

"A Different Cause of Death"

Jezail Brett agrees to talk to preserve the relationship between Japan and Britain, and she said it in Japanese. The reason why she wanted a translator was because she thought that Japanese was unfit for a lady of her station to speak. She didn't know about the burn mark and was shocked that a gunshot stole the life of the victim. She also believes that the police can't produce any new evidence. She wants to increase the defendant's punishment, but Asōgi says that Naruhodō is exceptional.

As the two press the witness, they notice that Hosonaga is reacting strangely to Brett's testimony. They question him and find out that since the police force is still developing, he may have took some stuff from the crime scene. He presents the bottle with carbonated water and gives it as evidence. Naruhodo believes that in order to not leave a trace, the victim had to be poisoned. Brett says "Shut up!" to Prosecutor Auchi who tries to defend the British woman, Hosonaga then states that the police investigated the bottle and found no poison. Naruhodō is about to give up when Susato Mikotoba shows up.

1:14 PM

Susato was about to be thrown out when she gives Asōgi and Naruhodō Brett's research notes. They request to look at the notes because they found out that Brett was researching a poison called curare, a substance foreign to Japan and thus has no current methods to detect. The victim would not scream or wither in pain because the poison would paralyze the victim's muscles. Not only that, but the muscles that control breathing would stop resulting in death by suffocation.

Brett takes a drink from the bottle, and is fine. But Naruhodō points out that in the research paper, the poison has to enter a wound to be deadly. Brett then points out that the professor could have had drank it and would have been fine. A righteous anger boils within Ryūnosuke Naruhodō and he declares his first Objection!, stating that since the victim had his tooth extracted, the poison could have entered through that wound. But then Brett suddenly takes the bottle and drops it, they can't pick up the water because the floor is carpeted! Brett explains that with the bottle destroyed without ever knowing if there was really poison in it, the photo showing Watson's back to the table still exists, so Naruhodō must be the true culprit.

"One Incident Reveals Another"

Blood stain of steak plate.

Just when it seem like it was all over for him, Naruhodō remembered a clue. There was blood on the plate of the beefsteak, so Watson had to be facing the table when he was shot. Satoru Hosonaga reveals he took all the restaurant evidence for justice. Brett tries to pin it on Naruhodō, but he points out that the plate is completely behind the victim so the shot came from the back. Hosonaga brings the meal tray and it has no blood! The defense inspect it and find that this beefsteak has a golden koban underneath it, Naruhodō realizes that this is the coin that Sanmon Sonohigurashi lost during the incident.

Taizou Uzukumaru, the La Quantos thief, after the very first breakdown.

Hosonaga then explains the incidents that occurred at the restaurant was of a thief from foreigners by using the food, so Hosonaga had to go undercover to see who was the perpetrator. When the two earlier witnesses return to the stand, Naruhodō accuses Taizou Uzukumaru as the thief who tries to blame Kuroumaru. His son pulls on his father's mustache, does a horse back ride, and salutes with him. It turns out Taizou steals because he gets little pay and needed to provide for his son, rich people gather at La Quantos and he goes every three days to steal. Taizou was about to leave when Watson was murdered, he hid the coin under his beefsteak in fear that the police would check his pockets.

Jezail Brett commits on the soldier's eating habits and actions as barbaric and wants this trial to end. But Naruhodō points out that the beefsteak have bite marks so it must have been put there, he then says the beefsteak that was presented belongs to Taizou so he must of had switched the plates. Naruhodō demands that the other beefsteak be presented. Brett tries to say that it is irrelevant, but Asōgi pushed it because of Naruhodō's memories and Taizou reveals that he did indeed swap it. Hosonaga presents the steak from his table and there is blood on the plate, so that means the victim's back was towards him and the only one who could have shot John Watson was, not Naruhodō, but Brett. Jezail Brett was dragged around with birds and went to "heaven". She confesses to the crime and reveals that she intended to use the curare to kill Watson and leave quickly without anyone noticing. However, Naruhodō showed up forcing her to stay. She used the chair keep the Watson's corpse from falling, then she thought of a plan to frame Naruhodō. John Watson always carried a pistol on his person for self-defense, so she dropped it for Naruhodō to pick up. She used her own identical pistol hidden under her skirt to shoot the corpse. As Hosonaga detained Naruhodō in the kitchen closet, Brett rotated the chair, she says that that is her whole crime.

As the trial concludes, Auchi swears vengeance against Naruhodō. Asōgi says that prideful will be uprooted by the next generation and uses his sword to cut Taketsuchi Auchi's hair, making it come undone. Asōgi then states that even in a thousand years, Auchi's family will never be an adversary towards Naruhodō's. The judge then gives Naruhodō his not guilty verdict.


2:46 PM

Yūjin Mikotoba and his daughter congratulate the two on their victory. Yūjin explains that he came to know Professor Watson when he was studying forensic science in Great Britain, he worked with him in a hospital. Yūjin then states that Jezail Brett will not be tried here. Satoru Hosonaga then comes in, congratulates Naruhodō for winning, and explains that the Japanese courts can't judge a foreigner's crime due to the consular courts of Great Britain! Instead, she will be sent across the seas to Shanghai, China. But Kazuma Asōgi thought the treaty should've rendered the consular courts void. Nevertheless, they only hope that Brett will be brought to justice one day.

As they go to celebrate, Ryūnosuke Naruhodō thanks Asōgi for his help. Asōgi the replies that he only helped in the beginning and that Naruhodō has a talent for being an attorney. Naruhodō then exclaims he doesn't want to go through another situation like that ever again. Asōgi then tells Naruhodō that an attorney's greatest power is believing. Believing in your client and in yourself. They then go to celebrate. As the episode end, Naruhodō reflects on how something changed his life.

References to Other Cases

References to Popular Culture

  • Jezail Brett's research notes mention hunters in the jungle of South America using curare to hunt since ancient times. It is made from the bark of a specific tree and used to cover blowdarts. Since it is only effective through a wound, it safe for the hunters to eat their prey. Curare could also be used as an anesthetic, though the breathing problem needed to be resolved.


  • Due to taking place within the Meiji period where Japan's technology and justice system are underdeveloped, there are moments within the trial that are inconsistent with modern day cases as seen in other Ace Attorney games.
    • Watson's unfired gun is never mentioned to have been examined, and the player is unable to do so themselves due to the firearm not appearing in the Court Record. The technology at the time was insufficient to perform a ballistics testing. If they had the means, it would prove Naruhodō's innocence from the get-go.
    • Jezail Brett destroying the wine bottle containing curare, a blatant act of obstruction of justice, is completely overlooked by the entire court.
  • Instead of confetti after the trial, cherry blossoms fall after the not guilty verdict.
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